Anushka Banister. stools. May 29th , 2017.
Stool softeners as the name suggests, are substances that increase the water-holding capacity of stools and increase the bulk of stool, which in turn stimulates bowel contractions and helps passage of stool out of the body. They are used to relieve problems of constipation and irregular bowel movements. Constipation is a condition in which the person's stool is hard, dry and difficult to evacuate from the body, resulting in irregular bowel movements. Moreover, passing hard stool becomes painful and uncomfortable. People suffering from constipation have their food staying longer in the digestive tract. This results in production of toxins, which make their way into the bloodstream of the body. These toxins can trigger diseases like cataract, arthritis, colon cancer, appendicitis, etc. To prevent all these problems one should use stool softeners.
The term 'poop' refers to the solid waste matter that is eliminated out of the body during bowel evacuation. Usually, a healthy bowel movement produces brown colored stools. A change in stool color to green indicates that something is wrong with the intestines but can also mean too much consumption of certain foodstuffs. It is discussed below:
Stool softeners come in tablet, liquid or capsule form. Most of the over-the-counter stool softeners, such as Colace, Doxinate, Modane Soft, Dialose, etc. have a drug called docusate in them. Docusate stops the colon from absorbing water from the stool, thereby, keeping the stool soft. The stool softener, Colace is the best stool softener for pregnancy. Since the active ingredients from the drug are not absorbed by the body, the fetus is not in any danger.
Our stool is supposed to be soft and not loose so that it can remove wastes likes extra fat and toxins from our body. Even though constipation can occur in some from time to time, if an individual is experiencing it on a regular basis, he/she should check with the doctor immediately as there might be a bigger health concern.
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